Hot Dates on Cold Winter Days

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Catherine Cameron
Ambassador, Active Living

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February is heart health month -- the perfect time for Canadians to consider their risk factors for heart disease, to make sure they're doing all they can to keep their "tickers" in optimal shape, and of course, to celebrate Valentine's Day!

Physical activity and love can each make the heart beat faster - so why not combine them for a heart-healthy, get-active "date" with someone special? Whether it's a first date, you've shared a lifetime together, or you're somewhere in between, active dates provide the opportunity to have fun, develop or share common interests, and to learn more about each other. 

Don't forget active "family-style" dates -- they may not have quite the same romantic ring to them, but they are a great way to spend time and have fun together.

Today we're sharing active winter date ideas that are fun for two -- or for families as big as they come!

1. Play in the snow
Bundle up and get outdoors to play in the snow together. Hitting the trails on snowshoes or skis, building a snowman, and sledding are all active outdoor pursuits that can make your heart pound... in more ways than one. Cap off your snow play with a steamy hot chocolate... and enjoy!

2. Go for a run
If you're both runners or share an interest in running, you'll probably enjoy a run together. Take the opportunity to chat as you enjoy a scenic route and don't forget to hold hands if you encounter icy stretches on the trail or path!

3. Explore your city or a nearby community together
Enjoy a leisurely stroll together or family-style. Go where your hearts take you - and stop for a warm drink, lunch or dinner along the way.

4. "Take a hike"
Okay, probably not the best catch-phrase with which to start off a romantic date - but we're talking a real hike in the beautiful outdoors where romance is sure to flourish. Think snow-covered trees, beautiful vistas, making snow angels, and rosy cheeks. Warm up together over hot chocolate or in front of a fireplace and start planning date number two!

5. Skating: a great way to break the ice
Whether you hold hands for romantic or for purely practical reasons (like staying upright!), skating can make for a memorable and active date. A few laps and a few laughs could be the start of something special.

6. Not so big on the outdoors?
Okay, getting active outdoors in the middle of winter isn't for everyone. We understand. How about bowling, indoor tennis, indoor climbing, or a yoga or fitness class?

Here's to active dates and healthy hearts! Happy February!

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